Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
You can never be too prepared with emergency preparedness
The smoke detector screeches and my family jumps into action.
There isn’t an actual fire, but this is one of our annual practice sessions, so my husband and I do all we can to create the feel of an emergency.
A couple of times every year, our family practices what to do in case of different emergencies.
Tonight, we are prepping for a home fire. We draw fake fires on paper and place them around the house. Our children are stationed in their bedrooms ready for the drill.
When the alarm sounds, they first feel their bedroom doors to see if they are hot, then they attempt to make their way to our safe spot in a neighbor's yard. If they find a fire blocking their normal path, they have to find another way out. It may mean taking a different hallway or even climbing out a window.
This real life practice is essential. In the face of a real emergency, our children will be scared and probably overwhelmed. To ask them to do something they have never done before – like climbing out a window – simply adds more stress to a dangerous situation.
And so we practice. We rehearse for fires, earthquakes, medical disasters and stranger dangers.
When we prepare for earthquakes, we help each of our children determine the best place in their bedrooms and other communal rooms to huddle for protection in case of an earthquake. We also plan where to meet if something happens while the kids are in school.
For medical emergencies, we learn very basic first aid and how to call for help. Our children are small, so we have created a song to help them remember the number to call in case of an emergency.
“I know when someone needs help dial 9-1-1. I dial a nine and then a one and then a one for help to come. I know when someone needs help dial 9-1-1.”
We sing it like a lion and a bird to keep it interesting. Still, the lyrics stick, and that is what we are going for.
Last, but not least, we practice for stranger emergencies. We literally ask our children to scream for help at the top of their lungs. Our neighbors might be a little concerned by the noise, but we want our kids to know how real screaming should sound.
We practice what to say to an overly friendly stranger and where to run for help if the need arises.
In an actual crisis, there is little time for thinking and no room for wild panic. By preparing for emergencies before they happen, you give your family tools that will help them conquer any tragedy.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
��� ATD: At The Doctor's
��� BFF: Best Friend Fell
��� BTW: Bring The Wheelchair
��� BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth
��� CBM: Covered By Medicare
��� CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center
��� DWI: Driving While Incontinent
��� FWB: Friend With Beta Blockers
��� FWIW: Forgot Where I Was
��� FYI: Found Your Insulin
��� GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!
��� GHA: Got Heartburn Again
��� HGBM: Had Good Bowel Movement
��� IMHO: Is My Hearing-Aid On?
��� LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out
��� LOL: Living On Lipitor
��� LWO: Lawrence Welk's On
��� OMMR: On My Massage Recliner
��� OMSG: Oh My! Sorry, Gas.
��� ROFL... CGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing... And Can't Get Up
��� SGGP: Sorry, Gotta Go Poop
��� WWNO: Walker Wheels Need Oil
��� LMGA: Lost My Glasses Again
��� GLKI (Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
So, if this guy can make a car like this in his garage, what they have been doing in Detroit for the last 10 years? What are all the big car makers doing in all their giant labs? Why do they not want to produce cars like this? Can't be too hard. A guy built this car in his garage!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
One young woman in our ward offered an interesting and honest prayer on refreshments by saying "please help them to taste good and not make us sick."
Read some funny "Latter-day Laughs" by Trisha Manwaring.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
A reader pointed me to Weird Al Yankovic's song "Bob"--a Dylanesque piece made up of nothing but palindromes.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
In separate reports filed this week, both comScore and Nielsen reported that Android is now the most popular Smartphone operating system in the USA:
- comScore gives Android 31.2% of U.S. market share, followed by RIM Blackberry with 30.4%, and Apple (iPhone) with 24.7%.
- Nielsen reports a similar number, with Android claiming 29%, with RIM Blackberry and Apple (iPhone) each sharing 27%.